It’s no surprise that the audiences initially found the plot of the horror/comedy “Jennifer’s Body” to be controversial, given that it’s about Jennifer Check — a flesh-eating demon cheerleader. The controversy was compounded by the fact that Megan Fox, who was dealing with her own post-“Transformers” controversy, starred in the lead role.
The film is a textbook example of a sleeper hit, meaning that while it bombed at the box office when it was initially released, it’s since gained cult-classic status. The film and Megan’s role have even been heralded as feminist icons, given the strong female-empowerment undertones depicted in the film.
Memoirs of a Geisha
“Memoirs of a Geisha” was a best-selling novel by Arthur Golden. Filmmaker Rob Marshall, director of Oscar-winning “Chicago,” took on remaking it into a film.
Filmed in California, the movie was criticized for being inauthentic. “Memoirs of a Geisha” won three Academy Awards, but it received mixed reviews and was scrutinized for using Chinese actresses to portray Japanese women. Both the Chinese and the Japanese were offended. But even the book was controversial, as the geisha who inspired the author sued him for breach of their contract of anonymity.
The time-bending plot of the novel "Cloud Atlas" is confusing enough as it is. There's no need to add to the confusion with a film adaptation and the use of bizarre and offensive casting.
The film was denounced for its ethnically insensitive portrayal of Asian characters. Namely by using make-up and prosthetics to make white actors appear Asian.
Christopher Nolan is no stranger to creating awe-inspiring epics that make audiences question the world around them. Think "Inception" and "Tenet." Nolan's lead into space with his film "Interstellar" was met with a healthy dose of criticism.
Critics seem to agree the film fell short in its third act. Yep...we're talking about THAT rather abstract bookshelf scene. In a film that's been praised for its astrophysical accuracy, the film's pivot into the wacky and abstract fifth dimension was just too jolting for viewers to enjoy.
The infamous mockumentary stars Sasha Baron Cohen as Borat Sagdiyev, a journalist from Kazakhstan who is tasked with traveling to America to document life there.
The film is regarded as controversial, not only for its explicit nudity and dark humor but because several participants in the film have alleged that the way in which they were portrayed was misleading. Filmmakers have since been hit with numerous defamation lawsuits. "Very Nice!"